HF 8306

Home Care After Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) or Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure

You had an ASD or PFO closure on _______ through the right/left femoral vein.

Incision Care

  • You may shower 24 hours after the closure. Remove the bandage over the site before taking a shower.

  • Gently clean the site with soap and water. Pat it dry. Cover the site with a band aid. Do this for three days.

  • Keep the site clean and dry.


For the next 5 days:

  • Do not sit in a bathtub, hot tub, or go into a swimming pool.

  • Do not lift more than 10 pounds.

  • Do not strain.

  • No vigorous activity.


  • You should be able to eat a normal diet the morning after the procedure.

  • You may eat and drink the night of the procedure if you feel up to it.

  • You may not feel hungry or feel nauseous the first night. This is normal and will get better. We suggest a light diet the first night, if hungry.

What to Expect

  • You may be sore and tender at the site. This may last for one week.

  • You may have a small amount of bloody drainage at the site.

  • There may be a bruise at the site. This could take 2-3 weeks to go away.

Pain Control

You may take either Tylenol every 4-6 hours or Motrin/ibuprofen every 6-8 hours.

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

  • Redness, swelling or drainage at the site.

  • Prolonged pain.

  • Fever over 101 F for two readings taken 4 hours apart.

Return to Work/School

You may return to work/school on


You will need to take baby aspirin every day for the next 6 months or longer. Some patients also take Plavix® (clopidogrel). For the next 6 months, you will need to take antibiotics before certain medical procedures. Your doctor will decide if you need to keep taking these medicines after 6 months.

Keep taking your present medicines as prescribed. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. Do not stop taking aspirin or Plavix® (clopidogrel) without talking to your cardiologist first.


You will have a follow up cardiology visit with echocardiogram in 1-2 weeks and again in 6 months. We will be check your device and heart function about every 2-3 years routinely.

When to Call

Call for emergency help if:

  • You have bleeding or sudden swelling should at the site. Apply direct pressure to the site and call for help. Keep holding pressure until you get help.

  • Your leg becomes numb, cold, or turns blue or you have severe pain.

Call the doctor right away if:

  • You have any signs of infection.

  • You have severe pain.

  • You have chest pain, palpitations or increased shortness of breath.

Who to Call

Call your provider with any questions or concerns.